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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779237/enzyme-free-replication-with-two-or-four-bases
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Clemens Richert, Elena Hänle
All known forms of life encode their genetic information in a sequence of bases of a genetic polymer and produce copies of their genes via semiconservative replication. How this process started before polymerase enzymes had been evolved is unclear. Enzyme-free copying of short stretches of DNA or RNA sequence has been demonstrated, using activated nucleotides, but not replication. We have developed a methodology for replication. It involves extension with reversible termination, enzyme-free ligation, and strand capture and allowed us to monitor nucleotide incorporation for an entire helical turn of DNA, both during a first and a second round of copying...
May 20, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778255/elimination-of-hepatitis-c-virus-in-australia-laying-the-foundation
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REVIEW
Gregory J Dore, Behzad Hajarizadeh
Australia is on-track to achieve World Health Organization hepatitis C virus (HCV) elimination targets. An active HCV screening program led to 82% of HCV-infected population being diagnosed. An unrestricted direct-acting antiviral (DAA) program, launched in March 2016 resulted in an estimated 58,500 individuals (26% of total HCV-infected population, including 70% of those with cirrhosis) initiating treatment through 2017. Treatment uptake was high among sub-populations at greater HCV transmission risk with 22% of people injecting drugs and >60% of those with HIV/HCV coinfection initiating DAA treatment in 2016...
June 2018: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777796/identification-of-a-sodium-pump-na-k-atpase-%C3%AE-1-targeted-peptide-for-pet-imaging-of-breast-cancer
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Qian Wang, Shi-Bing Li, Yi-Ying Zhao, Da-Nian Dai, Hui Du, Yan-Zhu Lin, Jia-Cong Ye, Jing Zhao, Wei Xiao, Yan Mei, Yi-Tai Xiao, Shi-Chu Liu, Yan Li, Yun-Fei Xia, Er-Wei Song, Gang-Hua Tang, Wei-Guang Zhang, Zhi-Jiang Li, Xiao-Bin Zheng, De-Hai Cao, Man-Zhi Li, Qian Zhong, Zhong-Ping Chen, Chao-Nan Qian, Wei Fan, Guo-Kai Feng, Mu-Sheng Zeng
The sodium pump Na+ /K+ ATPase a1 subunit(NKA a1), an attractive cancer-related biomarker and therapeutic target, is closely related to the development and progression of several cancers including breast cancer. Currently, a NKA a1 inhibitor, UNBS1450, has already evidenced its great therapeutic potential in personalized cancer treatment. The ability of non-invasive imaging of NKA a1 expression would be useful for selecting cancer patients who may benefit from this drug. Here, we identified an S3 peptide that is specifically homed to breast cancer by phage display...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775152/semi-automated-application-for-estimating-subthalamic-nucleus-boundaries-and-optimal-target-selection-for-deep-brain-stimulation-implantation-surgery
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John A Thompson, Salam Oukal, Hagai Bergman, Steven Ojemann, Adam O Hebb, Sara Hanrahan, Zvi Israel, Aviva Abosch
OBJECTIVE Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) has become standard care for the surgical treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). Reliable interpretation of microelectrode recording (MER) data, used to guide DBS implantation surgery, requires expert electrophysiological evaluation. Recent efforts have endeavored to use electrophysiological signals for automatic detection of relevant brain structures and optimal implant target location. The authors conducted an observational case-control study to evaluate a software package implemented on an electrophysiological recording system to provide online objective estimates for entry into and exit from the STN...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774485/educational-impact-of-trainee-facilitated-head-and-neck-radiology-pathology-correlation-conferences
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Daniel Thomas Ginat, Nicole A Cipriani, Gregory Christoforidis
The goal of this study was to evaluate the benefits of resident and fellow-facilitated radiology-pathology head and neck conferences. A total of seven resident-facilitated and six fellow-facilitated head and neck radiology-pathology cases were presented as part of the radiology department conference series. The radiology residents were surveyed regarding the perceived quality and effectiveness of the fellow-facilitated sessions. The number of publications yielded from all the cases presented was tracked. Overall, the residents assessed the quality of the fellow-facilitated conferences with an average score of 3...
May 17, 2018: Head and Neck Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773757/neural-signatures-of-the-processing-of-temporal-patterns-in-sound
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Björn Herrmann, Ingrid S Johnsrude
The ability to detect regularities in sound (i.e., recurring structure) is critical for effective perception, enabling, for example, change detection and prediction. Two seemingly unconnected lines of research concern the neural operations involved in processing regularities: one investigates how neural activity synchronizes with temporal regularities (e.g., frequency modulation; FM) in sounds, whereas the other focuses on increases in sustained activity during stimulation with repeating tone-frequency patterns...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773529/development-of-a-just-in-time-adaptive-mhealth-intervention-for-insomnia-usability-study
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I Wayan Pulantara, Bambang Parmanto, Anne Germain
BACKGROUND: Healthy sleep is a fundamental component of physical and brain health. Insomnia, however, is a prevalent sleep disorder that compromises functioning, productivity, and health. Therefore, developing efficient treatment delivery methods for insomnia can have significant societal and personal health impacts. Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI) is the recommended first-line treatment of insomnia but access is currently limited for patients, since treatment must occur in specialty sleep clinics, which suffer from an insufficient number of trained clinicians...
May 17, 2018: JMIR Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772166/pixel-counting-of-fluorescence-spots-triggered-by-dna-walkers-for-ultrasensitive-quantification-of-nucleic-acid
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Longyi Zhu, Qihui Liu, Bangyu Yang, Huangxian Ju, Jianping Lei
A pixel counting strategy is designed based on DNA walker-triggered fluorescence spots for ultrasensitive detection of nucleic acid. The two-dimensional DNA walker was constructed by hybridization of the dye-labeled hairpin structure (hDNA) as track and swing strand (sDNA) as DNAzyme with two types of capture DNAs covalently modified by click chemistry on glass slide. Introduction of target DNA unlocked the sDNA via strand displacement to form the activated DNAzyme, and the latter cut nearby hDNA with Mn2+ as cofactor, resulting in fluorescence recovery of dye-labeled hDNA on the substrate due to the separation from the quencher...
May 17, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772011/induction-of-influenza-specific-local-cd8-t-cells-in-the-respiratory-tract-after-aerosol-delivery-of-vaccine-antigen-or-virus-in-the-babraham-inbred-pig
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Katie Tungatt, Garry Dolton, Sophie B Morgan, Meriem Attaf, Anna Fuller, Thomas Whalley, Johanneke D Hemmink, Emily Porter, Barbara Szomolay, Maria Montoya, John A Hammond, John J Miles, David K Cole, Alain Townsend, Mick Bailey, Pierre J Rizkallah, Bryan Charleston, Elma Tchilian, Andrew K Sewell
There is increasing evidence that induction of local immune responses is a key component of effective vaccines. For respiratory pathogens, for example tuberculosis and influenza, aerosol delivery is being actively explored as a method to administer vaccine antigens. Current animal models used to study respiratory pathogens suffer from anatomical disparity with humans. The pig is a natural and important host of influenza viruses and is physiologically more comparable to humans than other animal models in terms of size, respiratory tract biology and volume...
May 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771667/leader-follower-output-synchronization-of-linear-heterogeneous-systems-with-active-leader-using-reinforcement-learning
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Yongliang Yang, Hamidreza Modares, Donald C Wunsch, Yixin Yin
This paper develops optimal control protocols for the distributed output synchronization problem of leader-follower multiagent systems with an active leader. Agents are assumed to be heterogeneous with different dynamics and dimensions. The desired trajectory is assumed to be preplanned and is generated by the leader. Other follower agents autonomously synchronize to the leader by interacting with each other using a communication network. The leader is assumed to be active in the sense that it has a nonzero control input so that it can act independently and update its control to keep the followers away from possible danger...
June 2018: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771372/tracking-aedes-aegypti-diptera-culicidae-larval-behavior-across-development-effects-of-temperature-and-nutrients-on-individuals-foraging-behavior
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Michael H Reiskind, M Shawn Janairo
Immature mosquitoes alter their foraging behavior in response to variation in nutrients, predators, and temperature, with consequences on the adult stage where pathogens are transmitted. These patterns of behavior have not been described with respect to both developmental stage and environmental variation, nor has behavior been examined within an individual across instars. We hypothesized that individual larvae have distinct behavioral syndromes, and predict that the rank of foraging activity in the third instar will be correlated with foraging activity in the fourth instar for an individual across all conditions...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770131/real-time-tracking-of-ex-vivo-expanded-natural-killer-cells-toward-human-triple-negative-breast-cancers
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Tung Nguyen Thanh Uong, Kyung-Hwa Lee, Sung-Ja Ahn, Kyung Won Kim, Jung-Joon Min, Hoon Hyun, Mee Sun Yoon
Introduction: Ex vivo -expanded natural killer (NK) cells are a potential candidate for cancer immunotherapy based on high cytotoxicity against malignant tumor cells. However, a limited understanding of the migration of activated NK cells toward solid tumors is a critical dilemma in the development of effective and adoptive NK cell-based immunotherapy. Methods: Ex vivo -expanded NK cells from healthy donors were stained with near-infrared fluorophores at different concentrations...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768093/alterations-in-kinematics-and-muscle-activation-patterns-with-the-addition-of-a-kipping-action-during-a-pull-up-activity
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Christopher Dinunzio, Nathaniel Porter, John Van Scoy, Derrick Cordice, Ryan S McCulloch
Recently, addition of a gymnastics glide kip to a standard pull-up (SPU) has resulted in the kipping pull-up (KPU). Changes in muscle activation and kinematics were evaluated with eleven athletes performing sets of 5 SPU and 5 KPU. Surface electromyography of upper body and lower body muscles was recorded along with movement kinematics obtained via markers and motion tracking software. Most kinematic variables were significantly higher in the KPU including (KPU minus SPU deg): Max hip angle (48.8° ± 6.8°, p < 0...
May 16, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768069/analyzing-trend-for-u-s-immigrants-e-health-engagement-from-2008-to-2013
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Xinyan Zhao, Bo Yang, Chau-Wai Wong
Our study examines the trend of U.S. immigrants' engagement in various e-health activities and how immigrants' use of e-health technologies is associated with their cultural characteristics over years. Aggregating three national representative samples of U.S. immigrants from the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) conducted between 2008 and 2013, our results from trend analyses and logistic regressions revealed that the U.S. immigrants exhibited an increasing trend on two types of e-health engagement: tracking personal health information online and communicating with a doctor online...
May 16, 2018: Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767238/red-mulberry-fruit-aqueous-extract-and-silk-proteins-accelerate-acute-ethanol-metabolism-and-promote-the-anti%C3%A2-oxidant-enzyme-systems-in-rats
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Hye Jeong Yang, Min Jung Kim, Eun Seon Kang, Da Sol Kim, Sunmin Park
Red mulberry (Morus alba) fruit is rich in anthocyanins, and mulberry leaves are used by silk worms to make silk protein. We determined that the water and ethanol extract of mulberry fruit and silk amino acids accelerated ethanol degradation and suppressed temporal cognitive dysfunction in acute alcohol administered rats. The mechanism was explored in rats with acute oral administration of silk protein and mulberry fruit extracts. Rats were given 0.3 g of dextrin (control) and water extract (WMB) and ethanol extract of mulberry (EMB), silk protein hydrolysates (SKA), and a commercial product (positive‑control) based on body weight...
May 14, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767209/chemically-non-perturbing-sers-detection-of-a-catalytic-reaction-with-black-silicon
#16
E Mitsai, A Kuchmizhak, E Pustovalov, A Sergeev, A Mironenko, S Bratskaya, D P Linklater, A Balčytis, E Ivanova, S Juodkazis
All-dielectric resonant micro- and nano-structures made of high-index dielectrics have recently emerged as a promising surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) platform which can complement or potentially replace the metal-based counterparts in routine sensing measurements. These unique structures combine the highly-tunable optical response and high field enhancement with the non-invasiveness, i.e. chemically non-perturbing the analyte, simple chemical modification and recyclability. Meanwhile, commercially competitive fabrication technologies for mass production of such structures are still missing...
May 16, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765190/evaluating-equilibrium-in-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction
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REVIEW
Forough Ferdowsi, Zahra Sadat Rezaeian
[Purpose] The purpose of this review was to summarize available methods and equipment which are administered to evaluate the balance in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. [Subjects and Methods] A literature search was performed and reviewed using the narrative approach. This study reviewed English articles concerning balance assessment methods in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction subjects from 1985 to 2015 using the following key words: Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury, Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction, Postural Control, Equilibrium, Balance and Stability...
May 2018: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764798/development-of-a-web-portal-for-physical-activity-and-symptom-tracking-in-oncology-patients-protocol-for-a-prospective-cohort-study
#18
Michael Marthick, Haryana M Dhillon, Jennifer A Alison, Birinder S Cheema, Tim Shaw
BACKGROUND: Significant benefits accrue from increasing physical activity levels in people with a history of cancer. Physical activity levels can be increased using behavioral change interventions in this population. Access to Web portals and provision of activity monitors to provide feedback may support behavior change by encouraging patient engagement in physical therapy. The Web portal evaluated in this study will provide a system to monitor physical activity and sleep, for use by both clinician and patient, along with symptom and health-related quality of life tracking capabilities...
May 15, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764434/real-time-monitoring-of-the-budding-index-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-batch-cultivations-with-in-situ-microscopy
#19
Anna-Maria Marbà-Ardébol, Jörn Emmerich, Michael Muthig, Peter Neubauer, Stefan Junne
BACKGROUND: The morphology of yeast cells changes during budding, depending on the growth rate and cultivation conditions. A photo-optical microscope was adapted and used to observe such morphological changes of individual cells directly in the cell suspension. In order to obtain statistically representative samples of the population without the influence of sampling, in situ microscopy (ISM) was applied in the different phases of a Saccharomyces cerevisiae batch cultivation. The real-time measurement was performed by coupling a photo-optical probe to an automated image analysis based on a neural network approach...
May 15, 2018: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764407/are-we-doing-enough-to-prevent-poor-quality-antimalarial-medicines-in-the-developing-world
#20
Erin J Walker, Gregory M Peterson, James Grech, Evie Paragalli, Jackson Thomas
BACKGROUND: Malaria is a deadly parasitic disease that affects more than 3 billion people worldwide, in predominantly resource-poor countries. Despite malaria being preventable and treatable, a large number of adults and children, mostly in Africa, die from this disease each year. One contributor to needless morbidity and mortality is the production and distribution of poor-quality antimalarial medicines; indeed, it is estimated that over 122,000 deaths of children under 5 years of age in sub-Saharan countries were caused by poor-quality antimalarial medicines, in 2013 alone...
May 15, 2018: BMC Public Health
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